Dr. Kogan presents at “Pain Management: Beyond Opioids”, November 3

DC Government takes Opiate epidemic very seriously! Dr Kogan, Medical Director, of GWCIM will be presenting at this event for healthcare providers but patients and advocates are welcomed.

Overview:  DCRx: Pain Management: Beyond Opioids

Date & LocationFriday, November 3, 2017 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM   The George Washington Hospital, Basement Auditorium, Washington, DC
Free,  include 3.0 credits of CME/CPE. Physicians, nurses, advanced practice nurses, physician assistants, and pharmacists are all welcome (nurses in DC can use CME credits as CEUs).

MBSR in Takoma Park fall 2017 UPDATE

Please note that starting date for MBSR course with Grace Ogden in Takoma Park has been
Fall 2017 MBSR in Takoma Park
8 Monday mornings plus 1 daylong Sunday retreat
Class 1: October 2, from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm
Classes 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6: October 9, 16, 23, 30 and November 6, from 10 am to 12:30 pm
Daylong Retreat: November 12 from 10 am to 5 pm
Classes 7 & 8: November 27, from 10 am to 12:30 pm; December 4, from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm
Cost $485
*Starting with Winter 2018, our new price will be $525. Note that both IMCW and MedStar Georgetown charge $550 for MBSR courses in DC.

Dr. Deirdre Orceyre, a naturopathic physician at GWCIM, is to speak on the keynote panel @ 2017 Gynecologic Cancer Survivorship Conference in Baltimore

plus a separate talk by Dr. Orceyre “All about Acupuncture”

2017 Gynecologic Cancer Survivorship Conference

Thriving Through Education and Connection


Saturday, September 23, 2017
8:30 am – 4:30 pm

(Continental Breakfast and Registration begin at 8:00 am)

Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor at Camden Yards
110 South Eutaw Street
Baltimore, MD 21201

This state-of-the-art conference brings together some of the world’s most renowned women’s cancer experts and offers educational sessions on:
  • Optimizing nutrition
  • Fertility options for cancer survivors
  • Sexuality and self-image following a cancer diagnosis
  • Integrative medicine treatment options
  • Rare tumors
  • How to talk to children about your cancer diagnosis
  • Massage, Reiki, Meditation and Yoga
  • Managing treatment side effects, including lymphedema and neuropathy
  • Care of the caregiver
  • Spirituality and the cancer journey
  • The newest options in cancer treatment: PARP inhibitors and immunotherapy
  • Panel discussion with a diverse group of gynecologic cancer survivors
Registration Fees:

Cancer Survivors, Friends, Family & Healthcare Providers:
$50 registration fee through September 15th
$60 registration fee after September 15th


 MBSR Orientation Session for Fall Participants: Thursday, September 14 from 7 pm to 8 pm in Takoma Park, MD

Two courses are offered:
1) 8 Sundays at Foggy Bottom plus one day-long retreat
2) 8 Mondays in Takoma Park, MD plus one day-long retreat

All classes start in September, see full schedule below

Join us for the renowned 8-week MBSR course, the experiential learning program that teaches new skills to manage stress and pain. Learning occurs through guided activities, and the interactions of the participants with each other and with the teacher. You will learn to recognize your own sensations, feelings and thoughts in times of difficulty, which is the first step to healing and stress reduction. People who have attended this program report many benefits, including: A decrease in chronic physical and psychological symptoms, improvements in the ability to manage stress, feeling calmer, and coping with change better. They also eliminated behavioral patterns that were causing distress and developed more compassion and patience with others and with themselves.

We teach body-centered skills to awaken awareness. The act of noticing or knowing what you are doing when you are doing it is awareness. Mindfulness is bringing the mind back to the present moment. Being present in the moment is central to reducing stress and managing pain. The student does guided body scans, simple yoga and other meditative movements to learn how to listen deeply to the cues coming from the physical body in the present moment.

The program runs for eight weeks, which includes a full-day session in complete silence after week six. The program is designed to give you the opportunity to experiment with new behaviors while having the support of a learning community. At the end of the eight weeks, most participants report that they have gained personal insights that allow them to modify their behavior to reduce stress and manage pain better.

This course follows the teaching protocol established by the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. The approach has been proven effective in numerous research studies. See www.umassmed.edu/cfm and click research to view the studies.

Class schedule:

Sunday MBSR Course Session
8 Sunday Classes from 1:30 pm to 4 pm, except Class 1 and 8 from 1:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Plus One Saturday Daylong Retreat from 9 am to 5 pm
on the GWU Campus in Washington, DC
September 17 &  24
October 1, 8, 15, 22 & 28
November 5 & 12
Monday MBSR Course Session
8 Monday Classes from 10 am to 12:30 pm, except Class 1 and 8 from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm
in Takoma Park, MD
Plus One Saturday Daylong Retreat from 9 am to 5 pm on the GWU Campus in Washington, DCSeptember 18 & 25
October 2, 9, 16, 23 & 28
November 6 & 13


COST: $485

Instructor: Grace Ogden.

If you have questions or want to talk about the course, please contact Grace by e-mail at grace.gwcim@gmail.com or call GWCIM front desk at 202-833-5055.

Registration payments are accepted either online or by calling the Center at 202-833-5055.

If you are paying online:

1.  Go to the New Patients section.
2.  Choose Schedule an appointment.
3.  Within that screen click on Schedule a follow up visit.
4.  Then choose the Classes tab.
5.  Once on the Class Schedule page, enter the start date of the program you wish to attend.
6.   Select Sign up Now and follow the prompts.

Once you have completed the registration process, contact Grace by e-mail and she will send you the intake documents.

Refund Policy:
If you cancel before the start of the program, there is a $50 processing fee. If you cancel after the first class, there is a $100 fee.  No further refunds are available.

For cancellations please contact Tatiana Rosten at trosten@gwcim.com. As a courtesy, please also notify the teacher at grace.gwcim@gmail.com.

Next Reiki Level Two (Chuden) Training: 9/8 and 9/15

GW CIM Luann Jacobs and Yael Flusberg offer:

Reiki Level Two (known as the Chuden level in Japanese) deepens your intuitive understanding of universal source, connects you to a greater volume of Reiki energy, and strengthens your ability to be present in the energy flow. In this level, you will also learn how to send Reiki at a distance to others.  Reiki Level Two is a prerequisite for entering Reiki Master Level training (Okuden) and gives the student insight into Reiki as a wisdom and mystery practice.


In Level Two you will be introduced to three sacred symbols, which serve specific healing functions:

(1) powering up the Reiki energy,

(2) healing at the mental and emotional level, and

(3) healing across time and space.


Our approach in teaching this level is to make the symbols come alive through visual and movement arts and hands-on application of advanced Reiki techniques on yourself and others.  


We will also discuss the ethics of treating others, and local resources for volunteering. You will receive two attunements at this level, and a workbook to guide you in your practice. Homework will include 21 days of self-healing, and ten documented sessions on others.


Prerequisite: Certificate from your Reiki 1 Training, and permission from Luann and Yael.


Next Reiki Level Two (Chuden) Training:  

September 8 and 15, 2017



First evening of training:  September 8

You’ll receive an attunement, learn about the three sacred Reiki symbols and their deeper meanings and uses, and practice bringing them into your energy blueprint using visual and movement arts. You’ll also experience hands-on application of advanced Reiki techniques on yourself and others.

Homework: 21 days of self-care, using some of our suggestions for how to incorporate the symbols in your daily life.


Second evening of training:  September 15

We’ll focus on distant healing practices, and how to create your own personal sending protocol. You’ll receive a second attunement and learn how to apply this level of work to your own spiritual development.


Certificate Presentation:  Upon completion of both classes and ten documented sessions on others.

ProCure_Art and AIM health institute offer Art Therapy program for Cancer patients and survivors

Enroll HERE into FREE Art Therapy program for cancer patients!

Alexander Technique Summer Shorts

Summer 2017 Alexander Technique offering from Mary Naden

Single 2-hour BEGINNERS group workshop

*plus one 1/2 hour private lesson

Saturday July 15, 2017 11-1:00 p.m.

COST: $85

RENEW your technique

A 2 hour group class suitable for those who have already taken AT

Saturday August 12th, 2017 11-1:oo p.m.

COST: $60


ACP recommends integrative therapies for low back pain

Major development! American College of Physicians fully embraces integrative medicine therapies such as acupuncture, mindfulness, Yoga, Tai Chi, spinal manipulation and others for management of chronic low back pain. What is especially encouraging is that these methods are to be used as 1st line BEFORE any medications!  Click on the title below to read the full article:

Noninvasive Treatments for Acute, Subacute, and Chronic Low Back Pain: A Clinical Practice Guideline From the American College of Physicians